New Jersey Governor Flies to Mansion in Italy After Mandating Masks in Schools

Governor Phil Murphy has left for Italy after implementing a mask mandate in all New Jersey schools.

The New York Post reports that the governor “jetted off to Italy this week for a family vacation at his lavish 23-room mansion in Umbria while both his state and the European nation battle outbreaks of the Delta variant.”

“Murphy’s palatial villa reportedly boasts horse stable, tennis court and pool and is valued at more than $7 million,” the report adds.

Gov. Murphy justified his vacation at a COVID-19 presser Monday, saying that he and his family wanted to spend “a few days together” after nearly a year-and-a-half of unprecedented challenges related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

As the Post points out, Murphy is the latest in a long line of Democratic leaders who have “embraced the ‘do as I say not as I do’ lifestyle.” On August 6 the governor announced a mask mandate for “all students, educators, staff, and visitors” inside “all public, private, and parochial preschool, elementary, and secondary school buildings, with limited exceptions.”

The US State Department is also asking Americans to “reconsider” traveling to Italy due to the Delta variant.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Italy due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country. There are restrictions in place affecting U.S. citizen entry into Italy,” the notice reads.